MTPConnect – the Medical Technology, Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical Industry Growth Centre – has appointed ex-Pfizer executive Dr Dan Grant its new CEO.
Dr Grant, who will commence the role in July, succeeds Sue MacLeman who has been appointed to chair the organisation.
The appointment has been welcomed by AusBiotech.
“Dan is well known to AusBiotech and has worked with the organisation for many years in his roles with Pfizer and La Trobe University," said AusBiotech CEO Glenn Cross.
Dr Grant joins MTPConnect from his position as pro vice-chancellor for industry engagement at La Trobe University in Melbourne. Dr Grant has overseen the university’s R&D precinct and was responsible for establishing its business accelerator program and strategic innovation fund.
Prior to joining La Trobe, Dr Grant was the senior director and head of Pfizer’s external research and development innovation group for Australia, New Zealand and Singapore.
Dr Bronwyn Evans, outgoing chair of MTPConnect, said the appointment brings new opportunities for growth and advancement, not just within MTPConnect, but for the entire MTP sector in Australia.
“The Board is delighted to welcome Dr Grant to MTPConnect. Under the leadership of Sue MacLeman, MTPConnect has become an extremely valuable contributor to the MedTech and Pharmaceuticals sector. MTPConnect has an impressive reputation for making a difference, and Dan’s business and academic background make him the ideal person to take up the mantle as CEO. I look forward to seeing the organisation continue to flourish under his leadership.”
Dr Grant said he was very excited to be joining MTPConnect. “I am honoured to be joining MTPConnect and to be given the opportunity to work closely with the entire MTP sector, to represent the sector’s interests and act as a champion for change. Building on the success that MTPConnect has achieved under Sue MacLeman’s leadership, I relish the opportunity to ensure that MTPConnect continues to have a leading role in guiding and promoting the sector’s long-term success.”